Children
In the nineteenth century, middle class parents in Paris became sharply focused on their childrenís development; future parents avoided any risk of conception during sickness, drunkenness, fatigue or sadness. Childrenís primary teachers and protectors were their own mothers. Infants and small children often slept, napped and nursed in their motherís beds. It was seen as the proper duty of parents to nurture and instruct their children.

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